Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful receives cigarette litter prevention grant

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Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful Executive Director Amy Hartline poses with one of the specially ordered ballot bins to show how people can vote for one of two options using cigarette litter.

 

 

Keep America Beautiful, a national community improvement nonprofit organization, has awarded a 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant to Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful to help combat the most commonly littered item in America -- cigarette butts.

Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful is one of 50 organizations receiving a Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) merit-based grant. Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful's grant award of $2,000 will be used to install special "ballot bins" to encourage people to put their cigarettes in the right place. These bins allow people to "vote" using their cigarettes in a poll with two different options.

"We hope to make keeping our town clean more fun and interactive," said Amy Hartline, executive director of Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful. "That way everyone can feel more pride in the community they've created."

Communities implementing the CLPP in 2018 reported an average 62% reduction of cigarette litter, even greater than the previous year's average reduction of 52%. CLPP grant funding empowers communities to help mitigate the economic, environmental and quality-of-life impact of cigarette butt littering.

Visit www.KeepDaltonWhitfieldBeautiful.org to register for the organization's newsletter or call (706) 278-5001 to find out how you can volunteer or participate in events.

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